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Atticus had recently gotten his memory back and spent most of his time with his sister, Alexis, and his best friend, Zane. He now was prepared to return to classes. His first afternoon class was Professor Banner's Alchemy class; however, the professor had gone missing so Doctor Crowler had taken over teaching the class or rather trying to teach the class. Crowler had spent the first half of the period trying to decipher Banner's notes.
Atticus and Zane, who were sitting next to each other, were bored. Atticus was doodling in his notebook. Zane had his Alchemy book open to a recipe they hadn't done yet and was waiting for Crowler to either call on him or to realize that there were recipes in their Alchemy books. While he was waiting, Zane took a look at what the brunette was doodling. There was a caricature of Crowler in one corner, but the rest of the page was filled with drawings of stars and clothes. There were also titles; some of which were crossed out. At that moment, Atticus had just finished drawing a dress and wrote 'Lexi" next to it. Zane resisted the urge to roll his eyes. 'Obviously his dreams of fame and fortune are still holding strong.'
In the front of the classroom, Crowler was stressed. He was forced by Shepherd to teach Advanced Alchemy, and he couldn't even understand the stuff! He looked up helplessly from the notes to catch Zane's gaze. The Number One duelist's gaze turned from the professor to the boy's notebook lying next to him. After a minute, Zane looked back at the professor.
"Zane, my boy! Would you come down here and help me decipher these …notes?"
Zane stood up. "It would be pointless to decipher Professor Banner's notes, Doctor. We can just work out of the book. There is a recipe on page 378."
Crowler looked at the pages of notes and could barely make out the numbers '378.' He flipped through the book and looked at the recipe. "Very good, Zane! I knew our top student wouldn't let me down."
Zane sat back down. Atticus leaned over and whispered, "Teacher's pet."
Zane pushed his book towards Atticus so they could share. "It's not like that."
"Sure." Atticus smiled as they began their work. Zane was basically watching Atticus work, making sure his best friend was doing everything right. About halfway through the procedure, Atticus said, "Pass me that clear stuff."
"Its technical name is Iron Sulfate," Zane corrected.
"Make sure to only put in two drops." Zane placed the bottle next to Atticus.
"I know." The brunette opened the bottle and squeezed the bulb of the dropper before removing it. One drop fell into the mixture, followed by a second …and a third. "Uh-oh!"
Zane looked at Atticus, and the mixture exploded, dousing the two third-year Obelisk Blue students and covering their desks with smoke.
Crowler rushed up the stairs, concerned about his top student. "Zane! Zane!" Coughing (in stereo) caught Crowler's attention. A brief smile crossed the professor's face. 'He seems to be fine.'
The smoke dissipated fairly quick, revealing to a now astonished Crowler a pair of six-year-olds. Both had baggy dark blue shirts on. One had brown hair and eyes while the other one had teal hair and eyes that were a slightly darker shade of teal than his hair. Crowler knew someone had to take them to Chancellor Shepherd, but who? 'I'd usually ask Zane, but I can't obviously. I'll have to take them.' Crowler sighed. "Class dismissed." The class started packing up. "Atticus, Zane, follow me."
The two six-year-olds got up and followed their Dorm Leader without a word to each other. As they walked to Shepherd's office, Zane thought, 'Figures Atticus would mess up the Alchemy assignment. I know he didn't mean to, but that doesn't change the fact.'
They reached Shepherd's office and walked in. Shepherd looked up and saw the two six-year-olds. "What's going on?"
"There was an accident in Advanced Alchemy, Chancellor. This is Zane Truesdale and Atticus Rhodes," Crowler answered.
"Interesting." Shepherd scribbled something on a piece of paper and handed the paper to Crowler who looked at it and nodded before he left.
&&& MINUTES LATER
Crowler returned to Shepherd's office with Alexis in tow.
"Chancellor, what is so important? Ms. Fontaine wasn't too pleased-" Alexis cut herself off when she saw her brother and her boyfriend. "What-what happened?"
"Atticus added three drops of Iron Sulfate-" Zane started.
"Accidentally," Atticus cut in.
"Of course. He accidentally added three drops of Iron Sulfate instead of two," Zane stated.
Alexis nodded. 'Any change in an Alchemy mixture can have undesirable results.'
"Alexis, you are to watch the, until a cure is found," Shepherd said.
"What? Why me? Why not Jaden, Syrus, or Bastion?"
"It is because you're an Obelisk Blue as they are."
"Yes, Chancellor. C'mon, you two. We need to go see Dorothy."
"Why?" Atticus asked.
"You can't go around dressed like that!" Alexis exclaimed.
"Let's go," Zane said, pulling on Atticus's arm.
Once Atticus started walking, Zane let go of his best friend's arm. Both boys followed Alexis to the Card Shop.
"Dorothy!" Alexis called out, trying to get the older woman's attention. She succeeded.
"Alexis, what can I do for you? Do you need some cards?" Dorothy asked.
"No, thank you. My deck is just fine. However, I do need a favor. Can you quickly sew two third-year Obelisk Blue uniforms?"
"I don't see why you're asking me. Wouldn't Chancellor Shepherd get them?"
"He couldn't get them small enough for these two." Alexis pushed the two six-year-olds forward.
"Oh my! What happened to them?"
"Alchemy accident. How fast can you make the uniforms?"
"It'll take a couple of hours."
"I'll need to take measurements first." Dorothy held up measuring tape.
&&& A COUPLE HOURS LATER
Atticus and Zane were admiring their new uniforms or rather Atticus was admiring his new uniform while Zane was looking at his reflection. A frown crossed his face. He didn't like this for more than one reason. The top reason was that he couldn't spend time with Alexis just holding her. Suddenly, Jaden and Syrus rushed in. "Hey, Dorothy. You have any new card packs?"
Zane froze. 'Wherever Jaden is, Sy's not too far away.'
On the other side of Jaden, Syrus's sky blue hair could be seen. "No, boys. Nothing new."
"I'll take a couple regular packs, Dorothy," Syrus said.
"We should go," Zane whispered to Alexis and Atticus.
It was at that point that Jaden spotted Alexis. "Hey, Alexis. What'cha doing here? Come to get some cards?"
"No, Jaden. I was just talking to Dorothy."
"Who's that, Alexis?" Jaden asked, noticing the two little boys.
Syrus looked at who Jaden was talking about. His mouth fell open, and his eyes went wide. "Zane?"
"What happened, Big Bro?"
"Atticus accidentally added three drops of Iron Sulfate instead of two."
"So it was an alchemy accident?"
"We have to go. You can come by and see us later. We'll be in Atticus's room," Alexis mentioned as she guided her two charges out of the Card Shop. "I need to go get a few things from my room. You two might as well follow me."
"Lexi, we may look six, but we don't act six," Atticus pointed out.
"Actually, Atticus, you normally act six-years-old," Zane countered.
"Just come with me anyway," Alexis stepped in, trying to prevent a small fight (AN: No pun intended). The trio made their way to the girls' section of the Obelisk Blue Dorm. The minute they entered the main building, Jasmine and Mindy came over. "Hey, Alexis. What did Chancellor Shepherd want?"
"Well, you see, Mindy. It's like this. There-"
A squeal from Jasmine cut off Alexis's explanation. The redhead had caught sight of the two little boys. "They're so cute! This one looks like Zane!"
Zane, Atticus, and Alexis sweatdropped at Jasmine's comment. Alexis sighed. "He looks like Zane, because he is Zane, and this is my brother."
"What happened?" they chorused.
'This is going to be a long day,' Alexis thought before launching into an explanation.
&&& AT THE SLIFER DORM
Chumley had gone off to see if he could get more grilled cheese. Syrus and Jaden were walking back, discussing what happened to Zane and Atticus. "It's hard to believe, Ja."
"Well, you can think about it this way, Sy. You're the big brother," Jaden commented.
"Who the big brother?" a cold voice asked. A guy dressed all in black with jet-black hair and eyes approached the pair.
"Hey, Chazz," Jaden greeted.
"Who the big brother?"
"What happened to Zane?"
"He's still around."
"He's-" Jaden was cut off when Syrus placed his hand over Jaden's mouth.
"You'll have to forgive him. He hasn't had enough food yet," Syrus explained, leading Jaden away.
"Uh-huh. Sure." Chazz didn't believe Syrus.
Syrus removed his hand when they were a good distance away from Chazz. "What was that for, Sy?"
"Chazz doesn't need to know that my brother shrunk!"
"Oh, good point."
Unfortunately, Chazz overheard Syrus's comment. His immediate thought was the two of them were delusional. He shook his head and walked away. He was so absorbed in his thoughts that he didn't realize that his feet carried him close to the Obelisk Blue Dorm.
It was at that moment that Alexis crossed into his line of sight. 'Alexis! How I wish she was my girlfriend!" He then caught sight of the six-year-old Zane and the six-year-old Atticus. 'What? I guess the Slackers weren't delusional.' Deciding to get to the bottom of it, Chazz walked over to Alexis. "Hey, Alexis."
"What happened to Zane and Atticus?" Chazz jabbed his thumb in the general direction of the boys.
"How did you know it was them?"
"Please. I'd have to be blind not to recognize them. So what happened?"
"Atticus put one too many drops of a compound into a mixture."
"So, it was an Alchemy accident?"
"Yes," Alexis answered.
"Like I'd do this on purpose," Atticus put in.
"That's why I said it was an accident," Chazz stated.
"We were just going to Atticus's room. We'll see you later, Chazz," Alexis stated, leading the two six-year-olds away.